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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 28, 2006 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

Hey, DHforLife,

Let me first say how pleased I am to hear a young voice pining for the Dead. It always amazes me when I see or hear of people who weren't even able to see the Dead before Jerry passed interested in this music.

Hard to believe in a day and age when music is so pre-packed and bands are invented just to satisfy consumer demographics . Very refreshing. Would love to hear what it is about the Dead's music that speaks to you, especially w/out the benefit of having seen them live.

For me, I would echo what StratoCaster had to say about his experiences seeing Jerry and the boys in person. I too have seen many different bands over the years, but never did I feel the thrill I got when seeing the Dead. Hasn't been anything close to it music-wise since. I saw my first Dead show in 1979 and was just 14 but I knew from that moment that they were indeed something special.

in no other concert for any band have I ever felt that initial, giddy, almost etherial CHARGE when the lights went down and Garcia ambled on stage. That chill up the spine Strato talked about is almost impossible to explain...the party the Dead invited us to felt like a stoppage of time, I guess. We knew that for the next few hours nothing would exist but music we all loved beyond description, and the added suspense of WHICH songs would be played and HOW and WHERE they would transport us was a gift from musical heaven.

I'm sorry you couldn't have been there, but your love of the music now helps keep the "sage and spirit" alive. Keep listening.


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Poster: jhender501 Date: Sep 28, 2006 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I wish

Well put, Grendelschoice..

That chill when the lights went out, and one by one they
ambled on to the stage, noodling around was something I was thinking about driving home from work one night..never
got that with any other band I've ever seen in my nearly 40 years of concert going.

Oh, for one more round of the opening chords of
"Bertha" or Bobby screaming in Sugar Magnolia"..